We have asked our experienced project partners to give some tips & tricks to optimise your participation to the PO Days and the ITEA 3 Call 5 for projects:
Make sure to have a clear overview of the programme and identify the most important elements (and project ideas) for you.
Identify some participants you intend to contact prior to the event.
Use the ITEA 3 Project idea tool extensively. It allows you to identify the project ideas that are in your field of interest. You can already get in touch with partners and start building the PO even before the opening of the Call.
Keep an open mind and think broad enough. Projects should have a mutual “backbone”, so do not try to find a dedicated project that targets your specific problem, but find overlapping problems and topics on which you can work with others.
Have a clear innovation step, be result oriented and make sure to have business impact (short, medium or long term).
Remember that your project team is at least as important as your project idea for the success of your project. Meeting people face-to-face will often facilitate future collaboration.
During the PO Days, it can be a bit confusing at the beginning as projects often merge. It might not be possible to follow the evolution of all the projects that you had your eye on. Focus on the one or two that fit your interest best.
Keep in mind that funding is subject to local regulations. Make sure to learn about these local regulations and contact the Public Authorities at an early stage. Several PAs will be present at the PO Days.